January 21, 2009
I'm Abraham. I grew up Amish and the Amish are very strict. It's like they think it's all the good works that lets them enter the gates of Heaven instead of trusting and believing what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. Their rules got me to realize that I have a lot of sin in my life and I got very frustrated, angry and depressed, because I thought I had to work myself into a good enough position in order to be forgiven, and I couldn't do it. So, I gave up, and on June, 11, 2005, I left all my family and friends behind and joined the English.
I looked around for a job for a month and the only job I could find was with a good Christian man, William Keim, and he always shared the gospel with me. At first I didn't like it, but after a couple of years, I realized that William enjoys the love of God and that it's a peaceful life; I wanted that joy that he had in his life, and eventually, I couldn't resist the gospel anymore.
One night a friend of mine "Abe" shared with me how much God loves us even when we resist His Word and I couldn't think of anything else except God and his love. That week I was going home from work with William and I told him what I was feeling, and that I need a savior. So he shared with me Romans 10:9. "That if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised him "Jesus" from the dead you will be saved" and that included me. And it was the best thing I ever did in my life.
My dad always told me, "we can't know whether we are saved or not, but I know the promise of God which I found in 2 Corinthians 5:17: therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.
2 Peter 1:3-4: as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promise, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
I thank Jesus Christ my Lord, for giving me a brand new life and a new nature, such a good Godly boss to work with every day and for the church of the Open Door. It's always good to be a part of it, and meet all these Godly people and worship God and most of all to hear Pastor Joe Rock's message. It's always a blessing to be able to hear what God puts on Joe's heart and I just wanted to get baptized to celebrate for all the wonders that Jesus did to my life. Amen
~ Abe Shrock
This letter has been published with permission from the owner.
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